Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
2 Gym'Backs to compete at NCAAs
Arkansas gymnast Sophia Carter competes on the bars against Alabama during an NCAA Gymnastics meet, Feb. 8, 2019 in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
University of Arkansas gymnasts Hailey Garner and Sophia Carter will compete as individuals at the NCAA gymnastics championships Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.
Garner and Carter will rotate with No. 1 Oklahoma, with the senior Garner competing on the balance beam in the third rotation and the sophomore Carter on the floor exercise in the final rotation.
Garner, of Memphis, earned All-America honors at the NCAAs last April with a 9.8875 on the beam. She qualified this year with a 9.9 at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.
Carter earned regular season All-America honors for finishing in the top 10 nationally on the floor. The Blue Springs, Mo., native has scored a 9.85 or better in 19 consecutive meets in the event.
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